James M. O'Hara, S1c
USS Salt Lake City CA25
USS SLC...Enlisted Navy...James M. O'Hara, S1c
James M. O'Hara passed away. Found obituary on the Internet but there was no date.
Every year on March 26th, Jim & Helen Marie go out to a nice dinner to celebrate the SLC & her crew surviving the Komandorski Battle.
Jan. 19th, 2000
From Jim O'Hara
First of all, I want to thank you, as an ex crew member of the Salt Lake City, for all the work that has gone into setting up the ship's own website. My daughter has viewed it in its entirety and said that your work has been magnificent. I also want to thank you for including me in the new additions. As you know, I was transferred from the SLC to the Cassin Young, with rather a large draft of men. We were somewhat the nucleus of a new ship.
So many in fact, we were sometimes referred to as the "Little Salt Lake City".. Very
un-officially of course. In about Sept. of 44, we received a new Ensign right
out of the Naval Academy, Bob Falardeau. We were from the same neighborhood
in Chicago and stayed in touch after I left the Navy. After 1980 and the
start of Cassin Young reunions, we started seeing more of each other.
During one of our get-togethers, he made a very sincere statement to me.
"After all my years in the Navy, the SLC sailors on the CY, were among
some of the best sailors he ever served with". I always thought this
statement said a lot about the "Old Swayback Maru".
Note from Sandy Eskew
Jim has been a great help to Debbie Rogers,
Update: August 19th, 2000
In regards to "Choctaw". He was a full blooded Choctaw Indian and was
one of the finest people you could meet. We were very good friends and
had many pleasant conversations.
On November 10th, 2000, the day before Veteran's Day, I was asked to give a talk to some 2nd and 3rd graders at the St. Luke's School in River Forest, IL. The school principle sent a
memo around the school suggesting that something be done for Veteran's Day,
so my grand daughter, Maggie, a 3rd grader, volunteered my services. The
experience was truly a lot of fun.
Tidbits from Charles E. Serey
5th Reunion in Lincolnshire, IL., 1981 Reunion
Comments from Jim O'Hara about SLC Veteran Homer C. Tullos
SLC Deck Log Oct. 1943
Jim & Helen Marie attended the following SLC Reunions: 1981 1985 1991 1995 2003 2006
|Contributions from James O'Hara|
POEM about Battle of the Komandorski Islands
POEM about Battle of the Savo Island
Elegy For Old Swayback
All about "GEEDUNKS"
Pictures of SLC Sailors
Christmas Carol from the Pacific
Most Memorable Person on the SLC
From the Secretary of the Navy
Eulogy of Father Richard W. Hodge
My Sweetheart Cries in the Night
James O'Hara & Family|
Jim & Helen's 40th Anniversary-July, 1992
James & Helen O'Hara|
Cassin Young July 1997 Reunion
|James O'Hara & Family, Christmas 1999|
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